Clergy Appreciation Day:
Clergy appreciation day, also known as the pastor appreciation day is celebrated every year on the second Sunday of the month of October.
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Why Clergy Appreciation Day?
Referred also as Ministry Appreciation Day, the day is celebrated in commemoration of the pastors, priests, and ministers in the United States and the work they render towards our society. The celebration of this day happens in the month of October, which also happens to be the Clergy/Pastor appreciation month.
The celebration of this day began with the idea to celebrate the contribution of priests, ministers, reverends, and pastors to the country, especially in the US. It is also the day that encourages the ministers and pastors to keep up with their good work and continue their contribution.
How can we observe Clergy Appreciation Day?
Clergy Appreciation Day is celebrated in many ways across the country. There are many congregations held in the honor of the pastors, offering them regards for the contributions they make to the community. There are also those who make use of this Pastor Appreciation month as an occasion to pay back their pastors or priests with gifts, paid vacations, meals and in other ways, showing their appreciation.
On Clergy Appreciation Day you can also show your appreciation in many ways. Some of the means to show your appreciation for pastors is mentioned hereunder:
- Compliment your pastors on the work they are doing and do so in front of others. As they hear their work being recognized, they will be encouraged to work harder and give more.
- The churches provide a lot of opportunities for all to volunteer and contribute to society. You can join to be a volunteer which will help the pastor and be appreciated as well.
- As your pastor prays for you, you can also offer your prayers to keep your pastor well.
- If there is a specific appreciation or compliment you want to share then you can do the same by writing a thank you note to the reverend or the pastor in person.
- You can ask your clergy for any assistance they may need. Some pastors do not always delegate their responsibilities and are much happier when someone volunteers for them.
- Be an active member of your congregation and share what your clergy does for the congregation with the outside world.
- Last but not the least, you have to make sure that you attend their services and sermons regularly, as it would give them immense happiness.
Everyone needs an appreciation for the work they do as it serves as the motivation to try harder. And it includes the elders of the Church, the pastors, and the priests, as well. Encourage them for their contribution and appreciate them for what they do whenever you can.
Appreciate the people of Clergy that you know about in your life and give them a shout out on your social media accounts using the tag #ClergyAppreciationDay.
Interesting facts about Clergy Appreciation Day:
On the Clergy Appreciation Day here are a few facts that you need to know about Clergy Appreciation Day and also about Christianity and Christians in general.
- Clergy exist in every religion and the roles and responsibilities vary based on religion and tradition.
- It was Hallmark Cards that issued the very first Clergy Appreciation cards in honor of the Clergy Appreciation day in the year 1992.
- The Clergy Appreciation Day is also known as the Pastor Appreciation Day or the Ministry Appreciation Day.
- Each year there are more than 80 million copies of Bibles distributed across the world.
- Nearly half the population of the total Christians are Roman Catholics.
- There are also mention of clergy in the medieval age performing surgeries and brewing their ale and more.
History of Clergy Appreciation Day:
The beginning of the Clergy Appreciation Day started with the establishment of Pastor Appreciation Month. While there is no set date when this day was actually established, there is quite a bit of history to the day itself.
The very first time the mention of appreciating pastors for their contribution was mentioned in Timothy 1 (5:17) where it is stated that church elders deserve double the honor by Paul. This is further reiterated by him in Thessalonians 1 in which he mentions that those who are hardworking among us have to be treated with a lot of honor. This evolved into a month-long celebration known to be the Clergy Appreciation month, started in the year 1992. Religious workers and pastors established this month-long appreciation for clergymen and the Pastor Appreciation Day was established later in the same month, October. Now we celebrate the Pastor Appreciation Day or the Clergy Appreciation Day every year on the second Sunday of October.